Pau Torres and Ezri Konsa injury decisions made as Unai Emery drops £13m signing - Aston Villa predicted XI vs Luton Town

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Aston Villa predicted lineup to take on Luton Town in the Premier League, including an injury update for Pau Torres.

Aston Villa are back in Premier League action on Saturday evening as they travel south to take on relegation battlers Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Unai Emery's men come into this one on the back of two successive victories, one being a 2-1 win away at Fulham and the other a more recent 4-2 thrashing of Nottingham Forest. The goals are flowing again for Villa and as is the confidence but Luton are fighting hard for positive results of their own.

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The Hatters, managed by Rob Edwards, are four points adrift from safety as it stands so wins need to come sooner rather than later. It was a lot closer in and around the bottom three but Everton have seen their points deduction reduced from ten to six. This has given Luton even more urgency.

Emery is bound to respect that and he'll be sure to guard his players against complacency. One way of helping in that respect will be reducing rotation, though there could still be a change or two to benefit tactically. A decision also has to be made for star defender Pau Torres after he went off with a minor leg injury against Forest.

Aston Villa predicted lineup vs Luton

Here are the 11 players we predict Emery will start at Kenilworth Road, as well as brief explanations for every inclusion.

GK - Emi Martinez

Martinez is without doubt the number one choice goalkeeper at the club and would fit straight into most XIs across Europe, let alone just in the Premier League.

RB - Matty Cash

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Cash will be looking over his shoulder with Ezri Konsa set to make the matchday squad. For now, though, the Poland international will probably keep his place, with Konsa perhaps starting at Ajax.

CB - Pau Torres

Pau went off against Forest with a small pain in his leg. He’s been training this week, though, and should be fine to start at Luton.

Unai Emery says Pau Torres will be in the matchday squad to face Luton, though there's no guarantee he'll start.Unai Emery says Pau Torres will be in the matchday squad to face Luton, though there's no guarantee he'll start.
Unai Emery says Pau Torres will be in the matchday squad to face Luton, though there's no guarantee he'll start. | Getty Images

CB - Clement Lenglet

Lenglet was first brought into the XI to help out when Pau was injured but he remains even after Pau’s return as Konsa probably isn't quite ready and Diego Carlos is out.

LB - Lucas Digne

Digne, who started the season excellently before injury troubles, could come in for a start as £13 million man Alex Moreno has been rather inconsistent of late.

RM - Leon Bailey

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The Jamaican is in excellent form and was recently rewarded with a new contract. He should continue to play ahead of Moussa Diaby.

CM - John McGinn

McGinn is the man filling the deep-lying midfield role in Boubacar Kamara’s absence. Tim Iroegbunam will be used only as a substitute, it appears.

CM - Douglas Luiz

Luiz is one of Villa’s players of the season. The Brazilian netted his eighth and ninth goals of the campaign against Forest, further solidifying his importance.

Douglas Luiz scored twice as Aston Villa swept aside Nottingham Forest.Douglas Luiz scored twice as Aston Villa swept aside Nottingham Forest.
Douglas Luiz scored twice as Aston Villa swept aside Nottingham Forest. | Getty Images

LM - Jacob Ramsey

Ramsey has impressed in recent weeks and he looks fully back up to speed following a host of injuries. Fingers crossed that trajectory can proceed.

ST - Youri Tielemans

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Emery has experimented with Tielemans in a shadow striker role this season and that is likely to carry on with the Belgian in top form.

ST - Ollie Watkins

Watkins, with 14 goals and 15 assists in 26 games, has been one of the Premier League’s standout forwards this season.

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